So, I was reading up on the moon stuff (ask Kurt, the day we launched that missile at the moon I sent him about four texts on what the result was: “No news here at work, need help, please tell me what you’ve heard.”) and just the other day I read this article concerning the confirmation of caves beneath the surface of the moon.
This got my silly brain thinking. Human intervention (ie: the missile) caused a manipulation of the environment on the moon. That crater is an archaeological event. In 600 years, people will be able to look at that and see that in 2009 we blasted the moon in search of water.
Another concept that this brought to my attention, and that years of reading science fiction probably influenced me in reaching, is the idea that its easier to inhabit a pre-existing habitation (ie: caves) than it is to start from scratch and build an entirely new base for occupation of the moon. What I’m saying is that its only a matter of time before we move into the moon caves.
What does this have to do with archaeology? That’s easy, habitation means human influence, which means we’re only a few years off moon archaeology.
Habitation of the moon isn’t just a idea I threw together in boredom, its the whole reason we sent the rocket, and are looking for water. And habitation leads to archaeology.
So let’s keep this chain of thought going. What new branches of archaeology are we looking towards in the future? We’ve sent landers to Mars many times in the past. When we get there are we going to send an archaeologist along to analyze the evidence that the videos and sensors couldn’t pick up on, to retrace the tracks of the lander and its journeys?
What about the caves on the moon? Let’s skip a little away from just archaeology and into a related field of geology. The caves were created by something, and, with the currently governing theory on how the moon was formed as an offshoot of our own planet’s formation, geological processes studied on the moon could tell us untold amounts of data concerning our own planet.
Of course, this idea of space-age archaeology isn’t new, and I’ve even read about “xeno-archaeologists” in some science fiction books, but it doesn’t mean it isn’t possible, or likely. As the world moves forward, so do its professions, and to think that the study of the past will remain stagnant is probably a little ignorant.
The oncoming day of the Moon-Archaeologist is upon us.
As readers of this blog, I ask you your opinions. The Spaz wants to know what other possible futures for the field of archaeology are on the horizon?
What do you think will be the next stage in our evolution as a profession?